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Welcome to Cumberland's After School Programs website



Download Spring 2018 Programs At-A-Glance   (Final - Feb 15, 2018)

Download Spring 2018 After School Program Guide  (Final - Feb 15, 2018)


 Download Winter 2018 Programs At-A-Glance   (Final)

Download Winter 2018 After School Program Guide  (Final - Updated Nov 20, 2017)

Deadline to submit Program Aid forms to Front Office * Registration opens Classes start the week of
FALL SESSION September 7, 2017 September 11, 2017 October 2, 2017
WINTER SESSION November 20, 2017 November 27, 2017 January 2, 2018
SPRING SESSION February 13, 2018 February 26, 2018 March 19, 2018


Note*: One Program Aid Scholarship per child per year

Program Aid Scholarship application forms will be availalbe in the school front office starting Wednesday, November 15.


Please see individual program descriptions below.


Would you like to be involved and ensure these wonderful afterschool classes continue?  We are looking for parent coordinators for all individual Afterschool Programs 

Please contact  if you have any questions, or if you would like to be a program coordinator.


Director: Andy Morales

Grades 4-5

Please contact  for any questions. If you are interested in being the 4th grade Band chair, please contact .

Read more: Band

Basketon Basketball

Vendor: BasketOn

Grades K-5

Spring Session Registration Opens February 26 at 7am 


Read more: Basketon Basketball

Box Tops

Support:  All Families & Friends


Read more: Box Tops


Vendor: Cheer Dynasty All-Star

Grades K-5

Tuesdays - Multi

Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am 

Read more: Cheer

Chess Club


Vendor: San Jose Chess Club (SJCC)

Grades K-5

Thursdays - Multi

 Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am 


Read more: Chess Club

Clay / Kiln

kilnCumberland is one of the few elementary schools in the district lucky enough to run its own kiln! The clay program is a very special art experience for all grades. Students work on grade-level appropriate skills and techniques to produce their very own art pieces. Volunteer docents do not have to operate the kiln.

We will be preparing for two projects in each class over the school year. If you would like to help in your classroom (or other classrooms), please contact us at  and include your teacher's name. 

Interested in making a project for Walkathon? Purchase materials at Clay Planet, Fireworks CeramicsCranberry Hill, or another vendor. All materials should be low-fire and lead free. Please send an email to  with any questions.

Read more: Clay / Kiln

Cluster Classes

What are cluster classes?

Cluster classes consist of small groups of 4th & 5th graders with a teacher or parent leading them in a topic of mutual interest. In past years, classes have included energy science, DJ mixing, leadership skills, computers & robots, podcasts, engineering, sign language, chess, modular origami, genetics, yoga, catapults, juggling, backpacking, raising chickens, and many more!

> Sign up to host a class

Read more: Cluster Classes

Code Hobbits

Adventures in Coding

Vendor: Code Hobbits

Grades: 4-5

Not offering a class in Spring Session


Read more: Code Hobbits

Dads on Campus

finished strong

Dads on Campus (DoC) is a network of dads looking for easy ways to increase their involvement at Cumberland. Through increased awareness, advocacy and support, dads can help make a positive impact in the community no matter how much time they have available. DoC will provide various social opportunities for dads to meet other dads who already volunteer their time at school and want to share their experiences.

Research has shown the benefits of Dad involvement in school. Their children:

  • Learn more
  • Perform better in school
  • Exhibit healthier behavior
  • Have fewer discipline problems
  • Are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Enjoy school more

If you'd like to join our email list or know a dad that would like to join, please send an email to Jim Leung and Sam Spinella at . We'll keep you informed of various opportunities to get involved along with various social dad activities.  NOTE: You DO NOT have to be a member of the PTA to be a member of DoC.

Drama Production

Drama production: THE LITTLE MERMAID (cast of characters below)  PROGRAM IS FULL

Vendor: Starting Arts

Grades 3-5

Parent Assistant sign up sheet: click here

Each student will receive a libretto/vocal book (script and song lyrics). You will be able to access the music via the Starting Arts website, just follow the directions below:
1. Go to
2. Click on The Little Mermaid
3. The password is ursula 
For more information email 

Read more: Drama Production

Environmental Volunteers Program

The Environmental Volunteers Program promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. These classroom programs and field trips meet the State of California science education requirements.

Read more: Environmental Volunteers Program


FAME (Fine Arts Mini Experience) is a six-year art and music program funded by the PTA to enrich Fine Arts experience in the classroom setting. Volunteer docents lead 6 in-class presentations per year, consisting of a short introduction to a composer and an artist with a hands-on art project related to the style of the artist. 

Students will bring their FAME artwork home at the end of the year as a portfolio.

Read more: F.A.M.E.


**Bring your extra Plant Pots to the Garden**

garden pots

Do you have extra plant pots that you no longer need? Please bring them to the garden and leave them in the collection box under the canopy near room 26. We can use 6-packs, 3", 4" and 5-gallon or larger containers. Please no 1-gallon containers.

Cumberland Garden is located in the west end of campus, near 2nd grade classrooms, about 4000 sq ft of area. All garden maintenance and activities are provided through the help of Cumberland volunteering parents (collectively they spend 100's of hours tending this absolutely breath-taking please consider joining this amazing team!).

Students participate in various gardening activities throughout the year (seeding, mulching, weeding, composting, and of course harvesting) and can observe first-hand the magic of growth. Last year, we have had great success with our fava bean and broccolli crops, amongst others. The children were able to see the nitrogen nodules growing on the roots of the fava beans!

Join our YahooGroup:  Send an email to with some identifiers.

Jim Wiltens Leadership

Grades:  4th & 5th
Grade Level Program

You read to young children to instill a love for reading and give them a head start in school. You teach your children to swim so they will enjoy and feel confident around water. You enroll in The Leadership Advantage to help your child develop one of the most valued traits in our society –– leadership. Introduce leadership to your child when she/he is building life-long behaviors

Read more: Jim Wiltens Leadership

Kids Creative Adventures

Cartooning and Secret Agent Adventures 

Vendor: Kids Creative Adventures

Grades: K-5


Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am 

Read more: Kids Creative Adventures


After School Sport / Science Programs

Vendor: KidztoPros

Grades: K-5

Location: Cumberland Field/Blacktop

Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am 


Read more: KidztoPros

Kinder Buddy (or New) Families

Cumberland's PTA-Sponsored Welcome Program

The PTA-sponsored kinder/new family welcome program is a parent-run group aimed at helping families of kids entering Cumberland in August 2017. Our goal is to make all of you feel welcome and give you an opportunity to ask veteran parents any questions you have. The program has three parts:


  • Google Group
    Our Google group will be our forum for information transmission and questions from you. We will send email reminders for the kinder playdates (see below), school events, PTA meetings, etc. This is also a great forum for general questions.

Sign-up by emailing:  



  • Kinder Playdates
    We will have three organized play dates:

Friday, May 19, 2017 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Las Palmas Park
Saturday, July 15, 2017 9:00 - 10:30 AM, Serra Park
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Cumberland grass area and playground

We will provide snacks and fun. Details will be sent to members of the Google group.



  • Buddy Program
    In the Buddy Program, we match new families with veteran families who have volunteered to welcome you. They can be your contact for any specific questions about Cumberland. Please email if you would like to participate in the Buddy Program.





Mandarin - Basic & Conversational

Fun Mandarin - Basic & Conversational Vendor:

Grades K - 5

Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am 

Read more: Mandarin - Basic & Conversational

Math Olympiads

For 4th-5th Grade

Ms. Faure, Room 17 and Mr. Kerr, Room 21

Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) is a non-profit public foundation which provides opportunities for children to engage in creative problem-solving activities that develop a child's ability to reason, to be logical, to be resourceful, and occasional to be ingenious. 

This program will be by invitation only for a maximum of 20 students per class.  The criteria will be students who were Advanced/Exceeded Standards on CAASPP assessment and teacher recommendation regarding work habits and behavior.  There will be a cost for this class. More to come.

Classes start Mid-September 2017 to Mid-March 2018.  Contact Ms. Faure or Mr. Kerr for more information.


Read more: Math Olympiads

Motor Perception


Motor Perception is a 30 week program which helps your child develop motor skills through movement and exercise. This is but one piece of the whole learning experience here at Cumberland and focuses on helping your child make that crucial mind/body communication link, which is the foundation for all aspects of learning.

Through carefully selected movement experiences, our program goals are to:

  • Assist each child in acquiring efficient movement
  • Improve sensory function
  • Develop positive self-image


Motor Perception will occur one day a week. We will know the specific day of the week, when the new school year starts. The program begins when the kinders start their full days of school; usually at the end of September, beginning of October. Your child’s class will have the same time slot all year long.



The program is held outdoors on the kinder playground area. If rain occurs, volunteers report to their child's classroom.



Motor Perception can only work with the volunteer efforts of our wonderful kinder parents. As a volunteer, you will help guide and motivate the children while they participate in small group station activities.


We require 3 parents from each class and also substitutes.  The volunteer commitment is approximately 45 minutes each week ONLY during your child’s time slot.


***Please note younger siblings are welcome at this meeting as well as during the actual Motor Perception classes throughout the year.



Two kinder classes at a time come to the kinder playground.  The classes participate in warm up activities and then are divided into 6-8 stations.  Each volunteer will run one station.  Each station will have instructions and equipment.  All the students will rotate to all stations during the period.



A training workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8:20am.

***Please note younger siblings are welcome at this meeting as well as during the actual Motor Perception classes throughout the year.


Any questions, please contact one of the Motor Perception Chairs: Stacey Bell and Lisa Rademacher at


School Policy: All Volunteers must have current TB test and Volunteer Form on file in the office. 

Parent Ed

UPCOMING Parent Ed Opportunities...

How to Raise Self-Reliant, Happy Children with Character and Empathy in a Stressed Out-Hyper Competitive World

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7-9pm (6:30pm Book Signing)

Cumberland Multipurpose Room

> RSVP to this FREE event

A Session Filled with Practical, Proven Ways to Raise Happy, Caring, Successful Kids By TODAY Show's Parenting Contributor, Michele Borba

Today's parents are dealing with technology and digitally driven challenges that no previous generation has faced. What really matters in raising successful, happy, compassionate and socially responsible children in a hyper-competitive, plugged-in world? Dr. Michele Borba, best-selling author and renewed parenting expert, cites the latest research to identify nine crucial habits and one invaluable life skill: empathy. In this game-changing "how to" presentation for parents, you'll learn proven strategies to give your child the Empathy Advantage and cultivate their social and moral competence. You'll also learn common-sense ways to nurture the habits of self-control, courage, collaboration, perspective-taking and leadership--the very qualities that give kids the success edge in school and relationships as well as what colleges and employers say they're seeking. This session, based on Dr. Borba's latest book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, is guaranteed to change the way you think about raising kids in today's complex world. You''ll leave with dozens of simple ways to make a difference on your children's lives.

> RSVP to this FREE event

About Dr. Michele Borba
Dr. Borba is an internationally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children's empathy and resilience, and create safe, compassionate school cultures. She has spoken to parents and teachers on six continents and delivered keynotes to over one million participants including Harvard, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, USAFA, Common Ground, Johnson & Johnson, Girl Scouts of America, Wall Mart, McDonalds, Santa Clara University, and at a soon to be TED talk. She is a regular NBC contributor appearing 135 times on the Today show, featured on three Dateline specials as well as Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Early Show, CNN and others. A best-selling author of 22 books including Building Moral Intelligence and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions she is a former classroom teacher a mom.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6:30-7:30pm

"Writing Workshop," Cumberland Multi

If you are interested in learning more about the writing and note making strategies that you students are utilizing in the classroom, we invite you to come to our interactive Parent Ed Night "Writing Workshop."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7pm

Dr. Debra Babcock, SMS

Dr. Debra Babcock from Stanford University will be a guest speaker at the SMS General PTSA meeting. Dr. Babcock is a sleep expert and will be talking to us about what sleep is, how needs change over time, and the consequesnces of not getting enough sleep. She will also address issues faced by adolescents and give us some advice on how we can help our students get the sleep they need.


PREVIOUS Parent Ed Presentation Materials...

Math Info Night

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Physical Education

Grades:  4-5
Coordinator:  ;

No volunteer(s) currently exist(s) to support the teachers in 1st-3rd grades.  If you are interested, please click the Volunteer button on the home page to volunteer.


Read more: Physical Education

Play-Well Pre-Engineering using Lego(R)


Vendor: Play-Well 

Grades K-2

Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am  

Read more: Play-Well Pre-Engineering using Lego(R)

Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone gives our children tools to handle difficult, but often common social & growing-up challenges.

Cumberland is happy to announce that we will be participating in our 8th year of Project Cornerstone for the 2017-2018 school year! Project Cornerstone was created in Silicon Valley in 2004 to help children develop critical developmental characteristics that will help them thrive. It has grown from one school to 130 schools in the Bay Area, and reaches over 50,000 children each month.

Read more: Project Cornerstone

PTA Reflections

What is Reflections?
The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Read more: PTA Reflections

Read Naturally

Grades:  2-5

Read more: Read Naturally

Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

SRTS logo

What is Safe Routes To School (SRTS)?

Safe Routes To School is a national movement that has taken hold in communities throughout the United States. The concept is to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school. At Cumberland, we have “Walk and Roll to school EVERY Wednesday”. Teachers will be tracking how children get to school on Wednesdays, and give them “I’m a Wednesday Walk and Roller” stickers as a way of recognizing their participation.


As you may know, it is particularly problematic if parents choose to drive their children to school on Wednesdays because area residents have their trash bins out for pickup. We strongly encourage all parents to make their child's daily school commute a mentally- and physically-active journey every day, but particularly on Wednesdays.


Every fall and spring we also run a “Walk and Roll to School Week” when teachers will tally how students travel to school. The highest participating class will be awarded the “Blue Boot” to mark their achievement. 


Read more: Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Science Camp

All 5th-Grade students will attend Science Camp for four and a half days where they learn about science and nature.

Science Camp is planned for March 20-24, 2017



Vendor: IES Foundation

Grades K-3

Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 8:30am 

Read more: Spanish

Starting Arts

Starting Arts is a 3rd party provider of a 6 week Rotating Arts Program of Dance, Music, Drama, and Visual Arts.  The school district pays for 3 of those wheels:  Dance, Music & Drama.  Each classroom gets 3 hours of instruction for each wheel.

The PTA pays for the Visual Arts wheel and for a grade level vocal music with concert performances.  Each grade level receives 10 hours of instruction.  The calendar for these grade level perforamnces will soon be finalized and published on the school calendar.


T-Shirt Sizing Info

Save $2.00/T-Shirt by ordering before Sept. 11th!

Cougars show your Cumberland spirit by wearing a “Walk for the Gold” t-shirt to the Walkathon on October 16th! This year’s winning design was created by Alyssa L. Come join the fun with the entire family wearing these 100% Cotton light blue colored t-shirts.  There are a very limited amount of extra shirts ordered each year, so make sure your family gets the right sizes and is in style for Walkathon!

Do you have more than one child at Cumberland? You can either place one order and we will deliver all the shirts to one of your children’s classrooms OR you can place individual orders for each student (so each child gets a shirt delivered to their room the week before Walkathon).

The order deadline cannot be extended!

Questions? Contact Amber Johnsen and Cathy Bechtel at .

Helpful sizing info for shirts before they are washed: (length was measured from top of the back of the shirt to the bottom). Shirts are preshrunk. Youth XS Size (width 15.5”, length 19.5”)           
               Adult S (width 18”, length 28”)                           Ladies S (width 18”,
length 25”)
Youth S  (width 17”, length 21.5”)                                     Adult M (width 20”, length
29”)                          Ladies M (width 20”, length 26”)
Youth M (width 18”, length 23”)                                        Adult L (width 22”, length
30”)                           Ladies L (width 22”, length 28”)
Youth L (width 19”, length 25”)                                         Adult XL (width 24”, length
31”)                        Ladies XL (width 24”, length 29”)
Youth XL (width 20”, length 26.5”)                                   Adult 2XL (width 26”, length
32”)                       Ladies 2XL (width 26”, length 30”)

Tinker Studio

Tinker Studio

Vendor: Tinker Studio


Will not be offering a class for the Spring Session 


Read more: Tinker Studio

Wizbots Robotics

Robotics and Coding Lab

Vendor: Wizbots

Grades 3-5


Spring Session Registration opens February 26 at 7am


Read more: Wizbots Robotics


Dear Parents,

This year, Cumberland Elementary is providing a TreeRing yearbook!

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing: 

  • Custom Yearbooks
    Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos.
  • Green Yearbooks
    TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and prints on recycled paper.
  • Beautiful Yearbooks
    All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.


Ready to get started? Do you have photos to contribute? Contact the Yearbook team at .
A few important facts:
  • You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 7.
  • Your 2 free custom pages are optional -- if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.


Questions? Contact the Yearbook team at .


Young Rembrandts


Vendor: Young Rembrandts

Grades K-5

Spring Session Regristration opens February 26 at 7am 

Read more: Young Rembrandts